Celebrating the Heritage and Practices of Traditional Fine Arts Worldwide
110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
Since its 1909 inauguration, the California Art Club has been dedicated to promoting and supporting contemporary-traditional fine art through championing painting and sculpture featuring representational practices. The Annual Gold Medal Exhibition is the most vital platform for demonstrating the best of the realist genre. While participating artists employ time-honored fine art techniques, their featured works in this un-themed exhibition seek to innovate with modern messages that address societal issues from diversity to the environment.
In presenting the 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition with the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, the California Art Club embarks on an exciting new partnership with this relatively new cultural institution, as we unveil our signature event in Orange County for the very first time.
Nocturnes in watercolor are difficult, because the transparency requires a lot of pigment in the washes. I love painting them though, because it’s a wonderful medium for creating mystery and lost edges.
This scene from a painting trip to China was like something from another world, stepping back in time. The eerie fog creeping in from the surrounding jungle over the river, barely a sound save for the gentle movements of a few boats moving about; and then a television set came on in that houseboat.
– Andy Evansen
Oranges Above Montecito
Oil on cradled wooden panel, 24" x 36", $8000
Emilie Lee is a classically trained oil painter whose work is inspired by her adventurous lifestyle and her background in traditional realist painting. From the deserts of southern Utah to the Japanese Alps to her backyard garden in Carpentaria, her plein air and still life paintings are meditations on the peace she finds in nature.
This past summer I painted my way across the Beartooth Mountains in southwest Montana. To the usual backpacking gear, I added a pochade box and a dozen linen panels. Painting deep in the backcountry is slow by design. I traveled at the whim of the muse, painting wherever inspiration struck and throwing the bivy bag down wherever I ended up. Over the course of six days and 26 trail miles I managed ten paintings. It's my way of carrying a little of the wild home with me. Beartooth High Country was worked out in the studio when I returned home.
During this year of isolation and staying at home, I found myself longing for the days of traveling and painting on location. One trip came to mind; in the tiny hamlet in the Luberon region of southern France at the magical moment when the cherry trees were in bloom. I was captivated by the ancient farmhouses against iconic blue hills, billowing clouds and incredible blooms that were gone two days later, blown away by the wind. I laid down my impressions on canvas in loose expressive brushstrokes, comparing and relating spots of colors as I traveled back to that place.
I enjoy visiting the Santa Barbara Zoo to sketch -- and they allow their Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo to spend time in the open air and sunshine. I wanted to capture that moment when the bird was in a state of intense concentration, working on perfecting the condition of each and every tail feather. When it was finally satisfied that every feather was in shape, it ended the grooming session with an exuberant shake-out and settled into a nap, looking clean, white and perfect.
– P.A. Farris
Oil on linen on birch ply, 20" x 30", $6450
Following a tumultuous night of thunderstorms, I painted on the Grand Canyon rim and noticed a peregrine falcon rising from the darkness and ascending into sunbeams before it vanished high overhead. I continued painting until a startling sound shattered the silence as the falcon opened its wings from a rocketing stoop (dive), where peregrines can exceed 240 mph as the fastest creatures on earth. Despite their unmatched speed, agility, intelligence and bravery, peregrines crashed near extinction in the ‘60s. Intensive management, the Endangered Species Act and protected habitat have restored these top predators, soaring upwards into a hopeful new beginning.
– James McGrew
Oceana Rain Stuart
The Woman from the Mountain
Bronze with granite base, 22" x 7" x 6", $8900
The Woman from the Mountain bronze sculpture was inspired by visits to Mt. Tamalpias and the Pacific Ocean.
The woman from the mountain with eyes deep like the sea, and a gypsy soul, like the fire of the sunset, she moves in gestures of wind and dances in poetry like a siren of the night. There is a mountain of peace that resides in the soul of the daring.
– Oceana Rain Stuart
Light Breaking Through
Oil on linen, 24" x 48", $6900
Rolling breakers on the north shore of Maui were bathed in the golden light of sunrise when I painted a plein air study for this piece. An overnight thunderstorm had wrapped the coastline in heavy clouds. It was only just receding as I arrived, so the resulting painting became a study in contrasts. The brilliance of the sun on one side of the canvas illuminates everything in the scene, while the darker atmosphere of the receding storm makes that light fell more evocative and dynamic.
– Kathleen Hudson
Diana of the Hunt; Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Oil on panel, 40" x 30", $25,000
Creating a three-dimensional work of art in a two-dimensional format is a play of light and shadow that I enjoy. The mythological subject of Diana as an independent woman of nature is also intriguing. I have always admired the composition and delicacy of this multi-figure marble sculpture created by Charles Cassou in the 1920s, which was purchased for Forest Lawn by Hubert Eaton from William Randolph Hearst.
Peter and Elaine Adams Terry and Anita Plummer Wells Fargo/Stender Sweeney
Aileen Adams and Geoffrey Cowan James R. Parks Al and Nancy Plamann Keith W. Renken Whittier Trust Company Tim and Karon McCarthy
Mary Adams O’Connell and Kevin O’Connell
Robert McKim Bell and Lisa Bloomingdale Bell John and Cindy McRoskey Michael and Kathleen McRoskey Mitch and Margo Milias Jim and Jodie Rea Loren Sanladerer
Friends of the California Art Club
Richard Chatfield-Taylor Rick Delanty Lynne Fearman William Gullette Joel Heger Richard M. Humphrey Carolyn Lord Conchita O’Kane Robin Purcell Michael Situ Gary Stanley Jean and Linda Stern Mrs. Gayle Tomita-Oswald
Patricia Andre de St. Amant Mary Aslin John Deckert Marian B. Fortunati Eire Hoke Diane Ohnemus